MP Santosh clicks Gir Lion

Gir lion

Rama Krishna Sangem

TRS Rajya Sabha MP J Santosh Kumar, founder of Green India Challenge, was thrilled to be in Gir National Park in Gujarat when he went there as part of a Parliamentary Standing Committee. The committee on Science, Technology, Environment, Forests and Climate Change, was led by Congress MP and former minister Jairam Ramesh. The panel visited Gir National Park in south Gujarat on May 2, Monday.

Santosh, who has been focusing on issues pertaining to environment, ecology and green movement was amazed at seeing rare lions in the park. He took several snaps of Gir lions in their habitat in the park. He shared those pics on social media and described it as “a hair raising experience for us when we went there as part of study tour along with @jairam_ramesh ji, chairman”. The photo of lion in this story is clicked by Santosh.

“Could capture a few (pics) once in a lifetime, photos of this lazy, relaxing #lion, probably after a scrumptious meal. Countless mesmerizing moments, that gave all of us goosebumps in the wild, would definitely last long. Uff.. this is like a trans and perplexing for me,” Santosh tweeted. Santosh along with other MPs interacted with local tribesmen  – Maldharis  – who reside in the wild.

“When you respect the laws of nature, you can live with wild animals too. That’s what we felt when we hand an interaction with these happy herd of native tribals, namely Maldharis. These nomads and their culture amused us,” tweeted Santosh. Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary also known as Sasan Gir, spread over an area of around 1,412 sq km, was established in 1965.

This is famous home for Asiatic lions, which are estimated to be close to 450 now, draw visitors from all over the country and abroad. Thanks to the conservation methods, the lion population has increased from 359 in 2005 to the present levels now. Gir Park is closed from June 16 to October 15 every year. The best time to see this park is December to March for both seeing the lions and taking photography.


Rama Krishna Sangem

Ramakrishna chief editor of excel India online magazine and website

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